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New and Upcoming Music

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I enjoy music in a number of genres. There are several new and upcoming releases of interest. Here they are:

Milk & Honey – Crowder

Milk & Honey is Crowder’s fourth studio album, and his follow-up to 2018’s I Know a Ghost. Crowder has written that the title Milk & Honey is about promise. The album is a celebration of the future we are marching towards together and a prayer that each of us can live in this promise in the here and now. It features a variety of musical genres, though less of the swamp rock and bluegrass that his previous albums have included. Several of the songs are about Jesus and will soon find themselves into worship services. This is one of my top albums of 2020 thus far. 

Chris Tomlin and Friends Summer EP

Chris Tomlin follows up his successful 2020 Chris Tomlin and Friends album with this new EP, with yet to be announced superstar artist collaborations, to be released July 2.

Heart In Motion 30th Anniversary Edition – Amy Grant

Can it really be 30 years since Amy Grant’s Heart in Motion album was released? The 30th Anniversary Edition will feature a bonus disc full of new mixes and never before heard songs. To be released July 9.

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs – Shane and Shane

The latest project from the worship duo Shane and Shane will be released July 23. The first single from the album has been released, “Psalm 42 (Loudest Praise)”. Watch the video here.

Into the Mystery by NEEDTOBREATHE

During the pandemic, NEEDTOBREATHE got together in a historic house-turned-recording studio in Columbia, TN to begin working on new music. Over the course of three weeks, they resided under one roof and recorded together with co-producer and engineer Konrad Snyder and special guests. The album will be released July 30. Two singles have been released thus far. Watch the video for “I Wanna Remember”, featuring Carrie Underwood here.

Worship Forever – Michael W. Smith

Michael W. Smith will be re-recording and re-releasing his #1 highest-selling album of all time, Worship, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the album’s release. Worship Forever will re-imagine the album from start to finish, this time, with a full symphony orchestra.  The album will be recorded in front of a live audience at Allen Arena on July 12 in Nashville, and be released on September 10. It will also be released as a television event later this year. Special guests include Amy Grant, Matt Redman, Tauren Wells and more artists to be announced.

In addition, I’m looking forward to new releases later this year from:

  • Switchfoot – an initial single from the album has been released, “I Need You (To Be Wrong). Watch the video here.
  • Keith and Kristyn Getty
  • Matt Boswell and Matt Papa
  • Steve Camp

What new music are you looking forward to later this year?

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence ~ married to my best friend for more than 40 years and a St. Louis Cardinals fan. Before retiring I served as a manager at a Fortune 50 company; I'm a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and in leadership at my local church. I enjoy speaking about calling, vocation and work. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop to their fullest potential and to utilize their strengths more fully. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinders themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony and Achiever, and my two StandOut strengths roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book and 2 Corinthians 5:21 my favorite verse. Some of my other favorite books are Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul, The Prodigal Son (originally titled A Tale of Two Sons) by John MacArthur and Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I enjoy Christian hip-hop/rap music, with Lecrae, Trip Lee and Andy Mineo being some of favorite artists.

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